The UNCRC Reporting Process presents an opportunity for Non-Government Organisations [NGOs] Civil Society Organisations [CSOs] and National Human Rights Bodies and Agencies to present evidence concerning children and young people’s rights to the international legal body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child [UNCRC]. As well as offering an alternative view point of governmental policies, the Reporting Process can be a route for organisations to influence political, legislative and practice agendas.
Following the 2008 Reporting Process, debate and dialogue has developed significantly between NGOs and CSOs and Governments. The close involvement of NGOs and CSOs has also increased scrutiny, challenge and accountability in terms of monitoring the implementation and impact of the UNCRC into policy, practice and the wider society.
The UK has recently opted into the simplified reporting procedure.
We will make our first submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child [the Committee]. This will assist them in deciding the main issues and concerns they will focus on in the new reporting process.
The Committee will publish its List of Issues Prior to Reporting [LOIPR]. This asks the government about their actions relating to the implementation of the UNCRC and the two Optional Protocols.
The UK’s first review under the simplified reporting procedure will take place in 2021-22. The first stage – publishing the LOIPR – is expected in February 2021.
The UK Government will submit a report to the Committee on progress in, and barriers to, addressing the main issues and concerns raised in the LOIPR.
We will make our second submission to the Committee; this will include and amplify the voice of some of Scotland’s most marginalised young people and respond to the UK Government report and any other issues that young people consider relevant and important whether or not they are included in the Government’s report.
The Committee will meet with NGOs, Civil Society, National Human Rights Institutions, Children and Young People’s Commissioners and the UK and devolved Governments to ask questions and hear evidence about children and young people’s human rights issues in the UK.
The Committee will review all of the information they have received and write Concluding Observations – a list of recommendations that call on governments to make to improve children and young people’s access to and enjoyment of their human rights.
A pocket guide to the reporting process can be downloaded at: https:// www.childrightsconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/crcbookleteng.pdf